Ronda Rousey is 100 percent on Team 209. The UFC women’s bantamweight champion was recently in Australia promoting her upcoming title fight, but she took some time to address another issue: the ridiculous five-year ban that was given to Nick Diaz by the Nevada State Athletic Commission over a failed test for marijuana.
Like she has been known to do, Rousey wasted no time sharing her unfiltered thoughts on the issue.
Not only does Rousey believe that the five-year suspension for weed is absurd like the rest of us, she believes athletes should not be drug tested for the drug at all.
NAC members, you probably want to stop reading now. Because Rousey is not on your side.
“I’m sorry; I know no one asked me anything, but I have to say something,” Rousey said, via MMAjunkie.com. “It’s so not right for (Diaz) to be suspended five years for marijuana. I’m against them testing for any weed at all. It’s not a performance-enhancing drug. It has nothing to do with athletic competition, and it’s only tested for political reasons so they say, ‘Oh, it’s only for your safety so you’re not hurting yourself when you’re out there.’ So why don’t they test for all the other things that could possibly hurt us that we could be under the influence of while we’re out there?
“There’s no reason for them to be testing for weed. In athletics, the beautiful thing about it is it separates everything from politics. It shouldn’t be involved at all.
“It’s so unfair if one person tests for steroids that could actually really hurt a person and the other person smokes a plant that makes them happy and he gets suspended for five years, whereas the guy that could hurt someone gets a slap on the wrist. It’s not fair. It’s not fair at all. It doesn’t make me a bad person for saying it, it just – I can’t believe it’s not being said more. I think they really should free Nick Diaz, but it’s not (UFC President) Dana (White’s) decision either.
“I don’t think marijuana should be part of the conversation at all. I think it’s an invasion of privacy for them to test for it, and they have no right.”
It is great that Rousey spoke her mind.
She was echoing the thoughts of many and, hopefully, since her voice carries more weight than the average person, let’s hope someone takes notice and holds the NAC responsible.
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